North Cobb may be ready to start the football season on Sept. 4, the question is who are the going to play?
With Thursday’s announcement of the Fulton County School System pushing the beginning of its sports seasons back to Sept. 14, the Warriors lost their first two opponents of the season.
They were scheduled to play Westlake in Week 1 and then Milton in Week 2. If Fulton County decides to push its start back any farther, North Cobb could lose its Week 3 opponent, too, when it is supposed to face Alpharetta.
Luckily, the Warriors have already found one replacement opponent. North Cobb will open against Sprayberry in Week 1. It was a natural fit, because the Yellow Jackets were originally scheduled to play Riverwood, another Fulton County school in its opener.
“We got a little bit lucky,” Warriors coach Shane Queen said. “We are still working to schedule that second game. We have calls out, but there are teams that need a home game, there are teams that need a road game. We’re just trying to get another opponent so these kids can play a 10-game season.”
Other schools who are losing games against Fulton County schools include Harrison (Hughes, Week 3) and Wheeler (Riverwood, Week 2).
Pebblebrook is also looking at two new bye weeks thanks to the DeKalb County Schools announcing Friday it was pushing the start of its school’s sports programs back to Oct. 1. The Falcons are set to lose its Week 3 and Week 4 opponents (Sept. 18 and 25) in M.L. King and Miller Grove.
Falcons’ coach Leroy Hood said no one from DeKalb County had formally said the games were off, but he added he is working to fill the holes.
“At this point, we’re just trying to find a game,” he said.
Newton County Schools also joined the list of those further postponing their schedules, only it did it indefinitely. If they do not return to the field this season, McEachern would lose a game on Oct. 2.
Other school districts around the state have also pushed their start dates back. Bibb County from Macon has delayed their sports seasons indefinitely, while Savannah-Chatham and Dougherty suspended theirs until Oct. 1.
“Every county is playing be different rules,” Queen said.
Whitefield Academy also lost its Nov. 20 game against Our Lady of Mercy on Thursday when the school announced it was canceling its fall sports schedules.